Onder Focan Quartet
November 18, 2022 @ 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm UTC+0£19.00
Önder Focan quartet repertoire consists of jazz guitarist and composer Önder Focan’s compositions included in his latest album “Aubergine”, as well as other Focan compositions and jazz standards he made for this group. Ozan Musluoğlu, on double bass, has many projects and compositions. Bulut Gülen is on trombone, a highly acclaimed musician with his latest album, “Bosphorus Train”. Burak Cihangirli playing the drums is a talented and creative young artist of the last period of Turkey’s jazz scene.
Önder Focan started music by playing mandolin at the age of 8. He switched to guitar at 15 and concentrated on jazz in 1975. Being mainly self- taught, he has become a jazz musician most sought after as a guitarist, player, composer-arranger and lyrics writer.
Since 2002, he has been the art director of Nardis Jazz Club (co-Founder), where he organizes concerts for more than 315 musicians and accompanies them on stage every year. Some of these musicians are Benny Golson, Kurt Elling, Dianne Reeves, Al Foster, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Roy Haynes, Tierney Sutton, Kenny Drew Jr, Roseanne Vitro, Christian Mc Bride, Roy Hargrove, Ron Carter and the majority of top local musicians.
Always valuing and recognizing social responsibility projects, Focan has directed and the coordinated IPMN (Istanbul – Pori Music Networking). This project supported jazz education, enabling young musicians to have experience on stage in both cities, Istanbul and Pori.
He has released 13 CD’s. In 1998, featuring the great drummer Bill Stewart and Hammond B3 player Sam Yahel, his album
“Beneath The Stars” honored him as the first Turkish Jazz musician to have released an album on Blue Note label.
He has participated in 94 Festivals, while 43 have taken place in various cities in Turkey, the other 51 have been in other countries such as the USA (Los Angeles), France, Germany, China, Malta, Italy, Brazil, Senegal, Indiana, Finland, Australia, Jordan, Hungary, Switzerland, Croatia and Estonia.
Önder Focan uses and endorses Godin and Oeerless Guitars, also AER alpha amps.
Born in Germany, Ozan Musluoğlu is a Turkish bass player. He worked with jazz giants such as Marc Johnson, David Friesen, Dominique Lemerle and Robert Balzar. The musician released four albums to date with his last album “My Best Friends Are Vocalists” released in 2015 under Sony Music. In addition to a very busy gigging schedule, Ozan Musluoğlu is the full-time bass player for the TRT (Turkish National Television) Jazz Orchestra.
Bulut Gülen started his music education at the age of 9 and studied trombone at Hacettepe Conservatory in Ankara and Istanbul State Conservatory. During his education he played the trombone in various concerts and tours at home and abroad, winning accolades and awards. Gülen completed his education at Berklee College of Music, where he studied Professional Music since 2007. Bulut Gülen completed his master’s degree at the New England Conservatory. During his time in the US, he took part in many big band and small combo recordings by playing the trombone. He was a lecturer at Hacettepe University State Conservatory Jazz Department for two years.
Burak Cihangirli (d)
He was introduced to music at an early age thanks to his father. He received his early trained at home since his father was a drum player. Following 3 years of basic training with Turgay Gülaydın, he grew an interest in jazz and joined the Bahçeşehir Univeristy’s Jazz Certification Programme. While in the programme, he had a chance to work with Cengiz Baysal, Ferit Odman, Şevket Arıcı and Sibel Köse. He was playing in several jazz clubs the next year. In the meanwhile, he recorded the first album of Eli, a 20-year-old band coming from the world music tradition. A year later, he and Barkın Yarkın recorded Barkın’s first album as a trio. He gave lectures at Koç University for almost a year and recently, released a new album, End of the Dreams.